The Tetley

21st International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair

3 - 4 March 2018

The longest running artists’ book fair outside of London celebrated it’s 21st anniversary. Throughout it’s history the Fair has attracted national and international participation and welcomed thousands of visitors from across the UK. With over 50 stalls run by artists, collectives and independent publishers, the International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair is a perfect opportunity to pick up original artwork, hear directly from artists and makers and see the latest in artist books.

The event is co-curated with PAGES, and has been held at The Tetley since 2014.

Events over the weekend included the following:

SATURDAY

ORIGAMI FOLDED BOOK WORKSHOP
11am–3pm, FREE, Learning Studio, second floor, open to all!
Learn how to letterpress and leave with something to take home.

KATE HODGSON: HAVING FUN ISN’T HARD…
1:30pm, performance throughout the fair
Kate’s prints and performances draw upon slogan t-shirts highlighting both their absurdity and ability to disseminate (often pointless) information. Playing with context and humour she leaves the audience to interpret the slogans and their meanings for themselves. Materials: screen-printed fabric.

SPOTLIGHT FEATURES
2–2:30pm, South Bank Room, FREE
A series of short ‘spotlights’ to showcase artists’ books and publications through performance, reading and demonstration. Artists will highlight and activate their books in intervals, and disseminate their practice in ways not often communicated when work is presented at the table.

ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER: KEYNOTE LECTURE
Leeds Beckett Atrium, 6PM, £5 Tickets / £3 concessions, book online,
bookfairkeynote2018.eventbrite.co.uk
We welcome Anna-Sophie Springer to give the keynote lecture on her recent and acclaimed publication. Fantasies of the Library (2016) lets readers experience the library anew. The book imagines, and enacts, the library as both keeper of books and curator of ideas—as a platform of the future. Echoing her visual essay “Reading Room Reading Machines” in the book, Anna-Sophie is going to discuss a selection of artistic and activist “library fantasies” from the real world that deserve our attention in 2018. 

SUNDAY

KATE HODGSON: HAVING FUN ISN’T HARD…
1:30PM, FREE, Performance throughout the fair
Kate’s prints and performances draw upon slogan t-shirts highlighting both their absurdity and ability to disseminate (often pointless) information. Playing with context and humour she leaves the audience to interpret the slogans and their meanings for themselves. Materials: screen-printed fabric.

COMMONERS CHOIR
2PM, FREE, Leeds Beckett Atrium
Following their tour around Northern libraries in 2017, the Commoners Choir will be protesting the closure of public libraries.

 

ADAM GEARY/AGLU / Alice Fox / AMBruno / Andrea Allan & Sarah Tulloch / Anna Yevtukh / Anne Rook / Aye-Aye books / BA Art and Design, University of Leeds /BA Visual Communications, Leeds College of Art / Barbara Greene / Bound Unbound / Café Royal Books / Carla Moss / Caroline Penn / Chaosmos & Combind Press / Conservatori de les Arts del Llibre, ESDA Llotja / Container, UCA Canterbury / David Armes / David Barton / David Faithfull / Edinburgh and Elsewhere / Elizabeth Willow / Essence Press / FEAST & How Fine A Mess / Fine Art UCLan / Fine Art, University of Leeds / Floating World / Glenn Ibbitson / Gordian Projects / Graham Martin / HB Collective / Jackie Chettur / Jamie Hudson / Jane Cradock-Watson / Jessie Churchill / Joanna Brown / John McDowall / Less Than 500 Press / Longbarrow Press / MA Book Arts, Camberwell College of Arts / Matthew Kay / Matthew Richardson / Nant Designs/Carole King / New Arcadian Press / Orlando Lloyd / ottoGraphic / PagePaperStitch / Pat Hodson / Peter Byrne Photographer / Pixie Bks / Rock, Tree, Landscape / Rosie James / Ruskin Arts / SALT+SHAW / The Common Press Crich / The University of Coventry / The University of Huddersfield / Thomas Tomasska / Tim Shore / Tom Kindley / Tom Poultney / whnicPRESS / WILD PANSY PRESS / Z46